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The development of a fetal heart starts during the first trimester of pregnancy. Thus, many a times the fetal heart has already developed, by the time the female becomes aware of being pregnant. There are some risk factors that if avoided before and during pregnancy can decrease the occurrence of congenital heart diseases.

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The development of a fetal heart starts during the first trimester of pregnancy. Thus, many a times the fetal heart has already developed, by the time the female becomes aware of being pregnant. Some steps taken before and during pregnancy that can help in preventing the congenital heart diseases are as follow-

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